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Veras Academy pair win gold medals at top French tournament

PUBLISHED: 16:31 23 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:31 23 March 2016

Veras Academy gold medallists Demie Holland (left) and Luan Veras at the Open Jeunes D'Orleans Championships with chief instructor, Sensei Raphael Veras

Veras Academy gold medallists Demie Holland (left) and Luan Veras at the Open Jeunes D'Orleans Championships with chief instructor, Sensei Raphael Veras

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Veras Academy’s Demie Holland captured her first individual gold medal overseas at the annual Open Jeunes D’Orleans Championships in France last weekend.

The 11-year-old won all three of her fights to take gold at the Over-50kg section in Orleans – and there was a victory for team-mate Luan Veras, also 11, at Under-45kg.

Veras was competing at the tournament for the third time – having claimed a gold medal in 2014 and silver last year – and won all five of his fights to secure gold again.

Sensei Raphael Veras, chief instructor at the Islington-based academy, said: “What a great performance – both athletes were amazing.

“The French league is one of the toughest in the world. The level of every young athlete and organisation is taken seriously from the start.”

For further information about Veras Academy, visit www.verasacademy.co.uk or call 07886 495 135.


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